Community Renewal Fund – Free Training

This project has now ended.

The Community Renewal Fund (CRF) has been developed by the UK Government to provide fully funded training opportunities to support the economic recovery as we transition out of the COVID pandemic. Additional opportunities have now been added.


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Commercial and Community Courses

Go from curious to confident and become more skilled at what you do.

We have a range of learning opportunities for people in business, or for those looking for some personal development and enjoyment.

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Green Skills Training

Green Skills Training from Borders College. The courses on offer cover key areas and combine online learning with onsite practical elements on a college campus near you, to ensure you gain the skills and qualifications employers really value. 

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The aim of the fund is to encourage innovative schemes to support local economies by investing in skills training, supporting business growth and encouraging individuals to grow and develop, becoming more resilient and sustainable.

The training offered at Borders College will help equip individuals with the skills required to seize new opportunities to benefit their business needs.  This includes equipping people with the skills required to capitalise on opportunities and the needs of their local area to meet an increasingly green and digital economy.

Whether you are a business start-up, established organisation or an individual exploring new training and upskilling opportunities set yourself up for future success by signing up for the fully funded courses listed below. Simply click on the course link to find out more and book your place.

Free Learning Opportunities – This project has now ended.

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Course Description

Carbon Literacy for Community

This online course is for individuals to develop an understanding of climate change and the journey to a sustainable future. Free to sign up before December 2022.

Carbon Literacy Leadership and Management

This online course is designed to help leaders and managers of small businesses to navigate the climate policy landscape and highlighting ways for your business to take action. Free to sign up before December 2022.

Carbon Management Training Module 1

This Programme is specifically designed to create and mobilise an army to act to reduce the carbon emissions within your business.

Carbon Management Training Module 2

Achieving Net Zero is increasing important to all businesses and, whilst the initial reductions in carbon emissions might be straight forward (green energy & transport) the journey gets harder as you progress.

Social Media for Small Business

Social Media Marketing allows any small business to connect with customers and generate traffic, building your brand and increasing sales.

Carbon Management Training Module 3

Emissions in the Construction sector.

Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation

This qualification is aimed at practising electricians interested in understanding how to install the range of equipment and systems available for the charging of EV's.

How to Develop and Implement a Net Zero Plan for your Business.

This interactive experiential workshop uses industry-based mock cases and projects to explore how to maximize sustainable impact and mitigate risks which would adversely affect communities and environment.

Introduction to Thermal Imaging.

Thermography is the process of using an infrared camera to look for abnormally hot or cold areas on a component operating under normal conditions.

Relationship Management Eco Shoe Game

Teams work to manage their partner supplier relationships to ensure the success of their new affordable environmentally friendly clothing and footwear range!

Design to Save the Planet

Exploring what makes some of the amazing sustainable CEZW products in the marketplace; teams are challenged to design/redesign products / services to be more sustainable, circular and durable to save money and the Planet

Renewables Launch Gamified Simulation

Plan the launch of Rosy Future Renewables new wind farm site, bringing affordable energy to consumers. Working in teams you will need to manage stakeholder communications, assess key steps, mitigate risks and issues, and create a plan to achieve the wind farm launch to time and budget!  Players use techniques such as rich picture, SWOT, fish bone and 5 whys to develop their soft skills (e.g. communication, planning & organisation, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making).

Book Keeping for Small Business

This course is aimed at small business owners (and/or their teams) who want to create and manage an effective and reliable book-keeping system. On this one-day course you will get to learn the basics of bookkeeping and best practice.

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Nature Skills and Ecology

This course is suitable for all ages, nature lovers, ramblers, and those involved in working in the countryside. It is designed to encourage an understanding and curiosity of how our ecological environment develops, thrives and adapts in our local area.

Introduction to Chicken Keeping

This course is suitable for all ages; there has been an increased interest in keeping poultry in recent years. This course is designed to help those who currently have or intend to keep poultry with practical guidance on all aspects of chicken keeping including legislation and welfare.

Missed a course? Don't worry. Get in touch using the form below and we'll let you know when new dates are available.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. 

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Further information

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